BRIDG­ING THE GAP

The Tribune (NZ) - - OPINION -

It’s good to see PNCC are lis­ten­ing to peo­ple over the new cy­cling and pedes­trian bridge.

Firstly, note it was pri­mar­ily de­signed as a cy­cle bridge The dual use is a bonus, just like the sealed parts of the bri­dle path. The gov­ern­ment would not be pro­vid­ing $3mil­lion from the Ur­ban Cy­cle Fund for the project if this was not so. So please call it a cy­cling/pedes­trian bridge, or if you have to leave one out for brevity, leave out the pedes­tri­ans – it’s the po­ten­tial use by cy­clists that has funded it.

For­tu­nately the coun­cil only has to lis­ten to mis­guided opin­ions on driver be­hav­iour around this bridge when it con­sults, it does not have to act on them. There is no ev­i­dence that driv­ers park in large num­bers by the Fitzher­bert Bridge or in the Es­planade to cy­cle to Massey in or­der to save on park­ing fees now. So there is no way it will hap­pen in Riverdale where the new bridge will cross.

Wher­ever it ends up, it will also serve as a huge re­cre­ational as­set to the city for cy­clists, pedes­tri­ans and the mo­bil­i­ty­im­paired alike. Bring it on!

Phil Etheridge Palmer­ston North

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